Charleston, SC – To better inform and engage the public, the South Carolina Aquarium created the Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education project, with the goal of developing a resilience strategy for communities in the southeastern Atlantic bight region. An important component of the initiative is SeaRise, a responsive web application designed to quickly and easily show the public how sea level rise will affect them.

Using data and map services from a popular NOAA tool, the Sea Level Rise Viewer, the application, which functions on mobile devices and adapts to any screen size, conveys complex information in an accessible way. The tool, built by ROK Technologies, permits easy visualization of the potential direct impacts of various scenarios, allowing people to see if and how coastal flooding will affect their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Additionally, SeaRise uses U.S. Census data to help identify areas with higher population density or more vulnerable residents (such as the elderly). By using Sea Level Rise Viewer data, it can calculate the approximate number of homes, people, and businesses that could be impacted.

The SeaRise tool aims to promote public safety and engagement, filling a void in public knowledge of issues related to sea level rise while advancing discussion about the issue. Read the full piece on the NOAA Digital Coast site.


ROK Technologies, LLC, based in Charleston, South Carolina is a global provider of GIS Managed Cloud Services. As an Esri Silver business partner and an AWS Advanced Technology Partner, ROK specializes in architecting, configuring and managing the entire ArcGIS® Enterprise Suite in the Cloud.

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